This may seem like a ridiculous question, but with the recent cancellation of Michael Vick’s book signing in two cities due to death threats against him and his family, I’m starting to wonder.
The fickleness of fans is not surprising. About two years ago LeBron James and Tiger Woods were topping the charts as the “most hated athletes”. Now, you barely hear anything about The Decision (although there are some who STILL talk about. MOVE ON!) or Tiger Woods’ infidelities. In fact, Woods is the favorite for The Masters and James is the hot topic in terms of his greatness in comparison to Michael Jordan. For some reason, however, some fans just can’t get over the mistakes of Michael Vick.
Yes it was wrong. Yes it was horrible. However, he served his time. Still, some people almost want him to die for what I don’t believe is as egregiousness, as say—hmmmm….rape or sexual assault. Where are all these people when the Steelers play? Why aren’t there protests again Ben Roethlisberger for his alleged sex crimes against women?
For the record, “Big Ben” wasn’t found guilty of any crime, but not being found guilty does not equal innocence. The second alleged assault, which took place in Georgia, was dropped under mysterious circumstances. Even the league issued disciplinary action against Roethlisberger for TWO incidences of alleged assault.
There seems to be a pervasive attitude that if a woman finds herself in a predicament with a pro player, it’s her fault. Somehow, we believe she can protect herself and is able to remove herself from the situation. Many fans even go so far as to blame the woman. For example, when Kobe Bryant was accused of rape the woman was called a whore, gold-digger, etc. If he was Kobe the janitor of if it was Big Ben, the store clerk, we would run to her defense.
There are many cases of women who setup players and trap them into situations, just as there are players who are caught up in murder, drunk-driving, domestic violence, infidelities and drugs. Yet these acts get a “pass”. Or with one championship, fans get short memories.
I don’t have a problem with people’s love for animals. I am a pet owner myself. However, I place the life of a human above that of an animal. Surely, if we can forgive murderers, drug users, drunk-drivers, wife beaters, cheaters, adulterers and liars, Michael Vick can get forgiveness.
Forgiveness does not mean approval of the act or not punishing the crime. It means giving a person a gateway to becoming and doing better. We are, after all, human.
If you still have a hard time granting forgiveness, just take a look in the mirror.
The day you see a image of perfection, is the day you can hold back forgiveness.
Your Jersey Girlfriend,